An integral part of India’s legacy and heritage (dharohar) are its cities, towns, and villages. History awaits at every corner of India, whether it’s a lost legend, a well-preserved palace, or a village bazaar. Through our ‘Dharohar’ section we bring to you some of India’s treasured places.
This month we showcase Yercaud, a hill station in Salem District, in Tamil Nadu, India. Yercaud is known for orange groves, coffee and spice plantations. The name Yercaud in Tamil means Lake (Yeri) and Forests (Kadu), and is said to be named after the lake amidst wooded trees in the center of the town.
As the summer season approaches us, Yercaud gears up for a summer festival held every year during the second week of May. One of the major attractions is a flower show where lakhs of flowers are on display and several floral structures are set by the horticulture department. In addition to the flower shows, boat races, dog shows, folk dance performances, cooking, and rangoli competitions are some of the other prime highlights of the festival. The idea of organizing the summer festival is to draw attention to the importance of nature and conservation.
As you traverse through Yercaud, Yercaud Lake is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit. Providing stunning, panoramic views of the hills and lush green lawns of the hill station, this Lake also barges out as one of the most sought-after destinations in Yercaud. Surrounded by some wonderful cloud-peaked hills and a well persevered garden on its banks, this lake is a feast for the eyes. One of the other special places is a 32-Km Loop Road, which begins from the Yercaud Lake and takes one through the much-appreciated roads and agricultural plantations of Yercaud. This is among the most visited places, as it offers the taste of culture, the essence of lives, imprints of the heritage and the varied developments of the hill station. Away from the bustling life of Yercaud, the Pagoda Point is a perfect place to embrace the mind with solace and tranquility. It is named Pyramid Point as it is shaped by four piles of stones. Bestowed with captivating and scenic views of the hill station, the Pagoda Point offers the most sprawling outlook of Yercaud and its enchanting essence. Another great area to visit is the Kiliyur Waterfall. Considered as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in India, the enchanting and fascinating beauty of this 300 ft high waterfall will leave an indelible imprint on your mind and heart. The serene location of the waterfall serves as a secluded getaway for those, who wish to feel invigorated and beat the stresses of daily life.
Yercaud is accessible by air, by train and by road. The nearest railway station is in Salem. The nearest airport is Salem Airport, as well as Tiruchirappalli Airport. Yercaud is well connected by road as well.
Nestled in the southern region Yercaud is definitely a beautiful place, with verdant peaks, waterfalls, lakes, and gardens. Tourist places in Yercaud are not only enticing but intriguing as well, right from the hill to lake to the woods, and together they make Yercaud a perfect travel destination.